For most parents of addicted children, the never ending struggle to understand their loved ones is usually only fueled or made worse by articles online and WebMD diagnoses. It is truly mind-boggling for people to understand addiction if they have never faced it themselves. For parents who are looking to try to gain some insight into the minds of their children and loved ones, it may be a more beneficial outlet to look not online, but into books about addiction and the memoirs of those who have been down the rabbit hole, and have lived to tell the tale. Here is a list of some really insightful and honest books about addiction.
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Author Noah Levine gives a brutal and honest view into the lives of addicted youths in this “in and out again” book about powerlessness and chaos, rebirth, and spreading compassion and inspiration. Coming from a man who used his Punk rock lifestyle as a vessel for destruction in his youth, Dharma Punx brings a certain power and light to the mixed emotions that many of us born in the last thirty or forty years feel driven by. He describes how the addiction to drugs and alcohol was only agitated by the anger and confusion that we are presented by the world around us, the overpowering expectations to be and act and feel a certain way and to conform to the system that so many of us resent. The beauty of Dharma Punx is that not only does it detail the hopeless futility of leading drug-addicted lives, but it provides readers with an insightful way out, to find our freedom on a higher level than the fleeting darkness of superficial drug induced insanity. It encourages the reader to focus all of the anger and desire for freedom and understanding into a healthy outlet, by moving toward a spiritual plane, through the practice of meditation, mindfulness, compassion, and principle.
Noah Levine said about his book, “This is a story about those of us who have taken ourselves and the struggle off of the streets. Who are now fighting the inner battle against delusions and ignorance, yet continuing to express ourselves in our own unique Punk Rock ways outwardly. Having put down the booze and drugs, having let go of the violence and hatred, having lost countless friends to prison and death, we have found the Dharma. We have found the highest spiritual truth. The spiritual path has been described by the Buddha as being, “against the stream,” against man’s selfish desires, this fits in perfectly with the punk rock ethic, turning outer rebellion into an inner revolution.”
The Basketball Diaries
These dark and truthful memoirs follow the tragic tale of author Jim Carrol. Starting with an aspiring and talented young basketball star living in New York City, Jim is introduced to drugs through a teammate. The true story follows the decline of Jim as he slowly creeps down a darker and more dangerous path into the abyss of thievery, prostitution, and addiction. The story, which has since been made into a movie with a star-studded cast, gives an honest view into how rough and desperate it can get for addicts in full blown addiction. The story, although tragic and at times difficult to read, does end on a positive note, with the author finally getting sober in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous. This critically acclaimed book about addiction has been around for decades and still accurately represents the unfortunate and dark truths of the lifestyle so many are stuck in.
How Al-Anon Works
Al-Anon is the spiritual fellowship for family members and loved ones of alcoholics and addicts. This program provides families with tools to cope with and recover from the emotional, physical, and mental turmoil that occurs after loving an active addict. Based off of the original 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon provides members with a fellowship of like minded people who have been through the same situations, a program of action to create and live by a set of spiritual principles and boundaries that aid in the recovery of themselves and the addict, and provide insight and a place of belonging for those who aren’t sure what to do next for their addicted loved one. This book is a step by step manual on how the program works, what you will need to do, and what the program will do for the members. Al-Anon has been a surefooted sidekick to Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous for decades, not only because it helps friends and families learn to cope with their loved one, but it also provides a “tribe” for its members, so they never feel outcast again.
A Million Little Pieces
A semi-fictional novel written by author James Frey gives a harrowing look into the life of an addict who wakes up to find himself on an airplane with his front teeth knocked out and his nose bleeding. With no recollection of how he landed in that position or anything of the previous two weeks, the book follows James as he checks himself into rehab as an alcoholic/crack addict with a warning that if he continues on his path, he will be dead in two years. The story is an account of his 6-week stay in his rehabilitation facility, the dealings of daily life with the other patients, his family, and his mental state throughout. Although the book is semi-fictional, it is a closely related telling to many recovering addict’s and alcoholic’s stories and can help parents get inside the mind of what it feels like to lose control of one’s life due to drugs and alcohol.
The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior
While this book about addiction is not a memoir, it is a laid out description of the research and practical knowledge of Craig M. Nakken, MSW, CCDP, LCSW, LMFT. As an author, lecturer, trainer, and family therapist specializing in the treatment of addiction, Nakken has over twenty years of working experience in the areas of addiction and recovery. The book provides a detailed look into both how a person becomes an addict, and how, once the process starts, it develops into a progressive illness. There are also descriptions of how genetic factors and cultural influences on the development and progression of the disease, and finally, steps that can be taken to recover and break the addictive thinking process.
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